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Canton Burmese Pattern Chess Set, 1836

  • Canton Burmese Pattern Chess Set, 1836
  • Canton Burmese Pattern Chess Set, 1836
  • Canton Burmese Pattern Chess Set, 1836
  • Canton Burmese Pattern Chess Set, 1836

A Good 'Burmese Pattern' Export Ivory Chess Set by Hoaching, Canton, 1836

one side stained red, the other side left natural, the chessmen with elaborately carved decoration, kings and queens with carved faces and fleur-de-lys, bishops with mitres, knights with horses' heads, rooks as raised turrets with flags, the White Rooks with Union Flags, pawns with bud finials, in the original wooden box of square section with sliding lid, 'W.T. Copeland 1836' in pencil, 'Hoaching' trade label to the reverse of the lid

King: 9.7cm high

Pawn: 5.3cm high

Box: 13cm wide, 10cm high

Provenance: William Taylor Copeland, MP (1797- 1868)

Hoaching was a premier silversmith concern in Canton that also produced exquisitely carved ivory. He was a prolific craftsman, and his shop was considered one of the most expensive in Canton.

Stock Reference: EB 1872

 

Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)


Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory dating from before March 3rd 1947, it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to relatively recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.

Condition

Red Side:

Tiny chip to Queen crown, minor old repair where lower column or stem meets base, touch of re-staining to similar area on one pawn, otherwise 'Excellent'. Flags original and intact.

White Side:

Surface dust. Otherwise 'Excellent'. Union Flags original and intact.

Box:

Original to the set. Hoaching trade label. 'W. T. Copeland 1836' in pencil, followed by 'Box for the White & red, carved Chess Sets [sic]'

A Note From Luke

A good 'so-called 'Burmese Pattern' ivory chess set with a distinguished provenance dating the set to Canton, 1836. These sets were mistakenly identified as 'Burmese' by antique dealers and collectors in the 1960s. With better historical research, we now know that they were made for export in Canton, rather than Burma, during the first half of the 19th century. This set is particularly interesting as it proves this exact point. Hoaching was a premier silversmith concern in Canton that also produced exquisitely carved ivory. He was a prolific craftsman, and his shop was considered one of the most expensive in Canton.

This particular chess set belonged to William Taylor Copeland  (1797- 1868) and is being sold, on commission, by a direct descendants. Copeland, the son of William Copeland- the partner of Josiah Spode of pottery and porcelain fame, was a distinguished British businessmen, Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of the City of London.

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Although the United Kingdom technically leaves the European Union on Friday, 31st January, 2020, there will be a transitionary phase in which the UK remains in the EU Single Market and EU Customs zone. This will remain in place until the end of 2020. So please note that until the end of 2020 there will be no additional customs duties to pay or CITES requirements for antique ivory items being sent to the EU from the UK. Please contact me if you need more information.


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Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)

Please note that as this antique chess set contain elephant ivory dating from pre March 3rd 1947 it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.

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